Your Cruising Itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam, Holland (embarkation) 

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. 

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. 

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses (D)

Overnight docking in Amsterdam

Day 2: Amsterdam - Canals of colourful Amsterdam

  • Classic: Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion to the Dutch countryside. Take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops. (B,L,D)

Afternoon/overnight cruise to Cologne

Day 3: Cologne, Germany - Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

  • Classic: Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
  • Discovery: Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. (B,L,D)

Overnight cruise to Koblenz

Day 4: Koblenz - Rhine Gorge - Travel Through 2,000 Years of Monumental History

Enjoy free time in Koblenz this morning before sailing through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

Rudesheim - Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

  • Discovery: Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
  • Discovery: Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience.

Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

Overnight docking in Rudesheim.

Day 5: Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg - Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine

  • Classic: Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating
    history of printing, OR:
  • Classic: Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnifi cent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR:
  • Active: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below. (B,L,D)

Evening/overnight cruise to Strasbourg

Day 6: Strasbourg, France - Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages

  • Classic: Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber.(B,L,D)

Evening/overnight cruise to Breisach

Day 7: Breisach, Germany. Excursion to Black Forest - History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest

  • Discovery: Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover
    Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden and learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR:
  • Discovery: Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof openair-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

Evening/overnight cruise to Basel. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Basel, Switzerland (disembarkation)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Flights should not leave Zürich airport before 10 am.

This itinerary is also available from Amsterdam to Basel - reverse course -

Day 1, Basel (Embarkation); Day 2, Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest; Day 3, Strasbourg; Day 4, Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg; Day 5, Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz; Day 6, Cologne; Day 7, Amsterdam; Day 8, Amsterdam (Disembarkation), your cruise ends this morning.

In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary. Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.

Departure dates and prices 2020 - Romantic Rhine : 7% discount on all dates

Avalon brochure price in black from £2060
Travel 55 discount price in red from £1916
Telephone Avalon Waterways reservations on 0330 808 5036 and quote our Travel 55 code TR55A

Amsterdam – Basel : tour code WAZ - cruise price without flights and transfers
Dates Price from Dates Price from
Mar 24 £2060
Aug 8, 11, 22, 23, 25, 29 £2676
Apr 7, 18, 21, 28 £2163
Sep 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 26, 29 £2813
May 2, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23, 30 £2608
Oct 3, 6, 10, 17, 20, 24, 31 £2403
Jun 2, 6, 13, 20, 27, 30 £2676
Nov 4, 21, 28* £2197
July 4, 11, 14, 18, 25 £2676
Dec 5*, 12* £2300
Basel - Amsterdam : tour code WZA - cruise price without flights and transfers
Mar 31 £2060
Aug 1, 15, 18, 29 £2676
Apr 14, 25, 28 £2334
Sep 1, 5, 12, 15, 19, 22, 23, 26 £2813
May 5, 9, 16, 19, 23, 26, 28, 30 £2608
Oct 3, 6, 10, 17, 20, 24, 27 £2505
June 6, 9, 13, 17, 20, 27 £2676
Nov 7, 21, 28* £2197
July 4, 7, 11, 18, 21*, 25


Dec 5*, 12*


*Special Interest Cruises: Festive Nov 28 & Dec 5 & Dec 12; Jewish Heritage Jul 21
** Due to “Sail Amsterdam” departures WAZ Aug 8 & Aug 11 will start in Rotterdam instead of Amsterdam with modifications to the itinerary, departure WZA Aug 1 will end in Rotterdam instead of Amsterdam with modifications to the itinerary.
WAZ: Gateway city for departures is Zürich; WZA: Gateway city for arrivals is Zürich.
Complete holiday price including flights, transfers and private home pick-up service (within 100 miles) from £2,584pp - based on Mar 24 departure from London Luton.
Sailing on Avalon Suite Ships® Artistry II, Expression, Imagery II, Impression, Panorama, Tranquility II, View, Vista. Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included on Avalon portion only. Extra nights before and after your cruise may be available, please call for details and prices. Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available. Note: responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

†From price based on cruise without flights and transfers, Mar 24 departure. All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

Upgrade pricing:

Category/deck - E Indigo nil : D Indigo £149 : B Sapphire £849 :  A Sapphire £899 : P Royal £999 : Royal Suite Royal Deck £1699

All holidays subject to Avalon Waterways Holidays Terms & Conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Avalon Waterways
Romantic Rhine

8 days - best seller, book early to guarantee your place

Your discount prices start from only £1916 - 7% discount off brochure price

Set sail from Amsterdam on this eight day Romantic Rhine cruise. With excursions to the Black Forest, Strasbourg and Heidelberg. Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. 

There's a reverse course option on this cruise - call for itinerary

This delightful 8 day Romantic Rhine cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0330 808 5036 and quote the Travel 55 codeTR55A.

Travel 55 in association with Avalon Waterways. To book a luxury cruise call direct on 0330 808 5036  and quote code TR55A you will then receive a 7% discount from the Avalon brochure price. 

Your choice

Avalon knows there is more than one way to explore new destinations.

In addition to included Active, Discovery, and Classic excursions and activities, they offer Guided Optional Excursions designed to personalize your experience even more. And they are there with plenty of free-time suggestions to help you get the most out of every adventure.

Included for every Avalon guest

  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM for a great night’s sleep. (See deck plans for additional stateroom amenities.)
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L’Occitane® bath products
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary pages
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions 
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey
  • Complimentary regional wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board 
  • Onboard meals, including daily four-course à la carte dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

Onboard dining offerings and choices

Welcome and farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapes

Daily choices of regional recipes, familiar favorites, and Avalon Fresh® vegetarian and healthy cuisine including fresh, local ingredients at every meal

Daily full breakfast buff et with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items, and complimentary sparkling wine and juices

Choice of daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfasts

Daily lunch buff et with pasta & carving stations and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks

Choice of alternative fare at the Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) or light lunch in the Panorama Lounge

Enjoy our Panorama Bistro for a casual dinner option with a buff et of select dishes and beverages

Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats and sandwiches

Daily four-course à la carte dinners in the main dining room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts or cheese, after-dinner premium coffees or tea, and complimentary wine (including from the region), beer, and soft drinks

Complimentary room service available for Continental breakfast

FlexDining® with flexible seating-times to better accommodate your schedule, and more options for menu items and venues, including our Main Dining Room, Panorama Bistro for a casual select buff et, Sky Grill for al fresco favorites, complimentary continental breakfast via room service, and made-to-order picnic lunch boxes for independent on-shore excursions

Private home pick-up service

Your Avalon experience begins long before you reach the ship. Fom the moment you close your front door, their private VIP pick-up service will arrive to take you to the airport (within 100 miles) in air-conditioned comfort in plenty of time for your flight.

Your driver will load and unload your luggage for you, so you can make your way to the departure lounge feeling relaxed. And when you return, a driver will be waiting for you in arrivals, ready to load your bags and take you back home again.

More cruise options

  • Add Lucerne or Paris and London to your cruise. 

Special interest cruises - 

  • Looking to enrich your adventures while you sail? A Jewish Heritage cruise and Festive Time cruises
    are available to help you delve deeper into what you’re passionate about. 

Cruise longer -

  • This cruise itinerary is also offered as part of the following cruise: Rhine and Rhône Revealed

Call for details on the above


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